Created on Saturday, 24 November 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
The person that was helping Indian Lake win last year was trying to beat the Lakers on Friday.
Indian Lake’s Haley Boberg drives past a New Bremen player during Friday’s game at Indian Lake High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND
Chris Burden, who coached the Lakers’ girls basketball team the past two seasons, was in the visiting locker room in Friday night’s season opener as he brought his new team, New Bremen, into Indian Lake’s gym.
The Lakers were victorious against their former coach, using a crisp second half to pull away for a 46-32 victory.
“With Chris having coached here and knowing all of us, it was a little personal tonight,” said first-year Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon, who formerly coached as an assistant for the Lakers under Burden. “The girls really wanted to win this game. It wasn’t perfect, but I am really happy to start the season with a win.”
Burden, who is a New Bremen graduate, saw his squad struggle offensively. The Cardinals fell down 16-9 at halftime and went through a nearly 12-minute stretch in the first half without scoring a point.
“We came into the game with four goals,” said Burden. “We didn’t want to turn the ball over, we wanted to rebound well, pressure their guards and not fall into any lulls offensively. We did a decent job with our pressure and our rebounding was pretty good at times. But we got into that big lull during the first half. We just couldn’t score. That was the difference in the game.”
The Cardinals scored the first basket of the game two minutes into the first quarter, but did not put another point on the scoreboard until the 2:38 mark of the second period.
Indian Lake led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but had to settle for a seven-point cushion at halftime.
The Lakers’ offense, which also struggled at times during the first half, warmed up in the third quarter.
Indian Lake outscored the Cardinals 16-12 in the third quarter to push its lead to 12 points at 32-20.
“We got into a situation where it was an uphill battle and we just could not catch them,” said Burden. “When we started to get something going, they answered. That is the sign of a good team. Give Coach McMahon and his girls a lot of credit. They did a good job of hanging in there.”
New Bremen was unable to pose a serious threat in the fourth quarter as the Lakers put the finishing touches on their season-opening victory.
“I thought we got after it defensively,” said McMahon. “We probably can’t play much better defensively than we did tonight. You are going to win a lot of games when you hold the other team to 32 points.”
The biggest issue for the Lakers was holding onto the basketball. They committed 30 turnovers on the night.
“We had way too many turnovers,” said McMahon. “We have to do a lot better job handling the ball.”
Haley Boberg led the way for the Lakers with a game-high 15 points.
Claire Maier added nine points, Mikaela Oyer had six points and 13 rebounds and Lindsey Chismar chipped in five points.
In the junior varsity game, New Bremen won 44-29.
Indian Lake is back in action tonight at home against West Liberty-Salem.
INDIAN LAKE 46, NEW BREMEN 32
NEW BREMEN (0-1)
Brandt 2 0-0 5; Offing 1 0-2 2; Holdren 5 4-6 14; Paul 1 0-0 2; Moeller 2 0-4 4; Jones 1 1-2 3; Thieman 0 2-2 2. Totals: 12 7-16 32.
INDIAN LAKE (1-0)
Boberg 3 6-6 15; Chismar 2 1-2 5; Knief 1 0-0 3; Maier 3 0-0 9; Miller 2 0-0 4; Oyer 1 4-8 6; Reichert 1 2-2 4. Totals: 13 13-18 46.
Cardinals 2 7 12 11 — 32
Lakers 8 8 16 14 — 46
Three pointers: New Bremen 1 (Brandt); Indian Lake 7 (Maier 3, Boberg 3, Knief). Rebounds: Indian Lake 28 (Oyer 13). Assists: Indian Lake 11 (Miller 3, Boberg 3). Steals: Indian Lake 7 (Oyer 3). Turnovers: Indian Lake 30. Team fouls: New Bremen 16; Indian Lake 16.